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Hedge problem.

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 21:33

We had the same problem between our garden and the neighbour.  The hedge had fallen both ways and left a wide empty section in the middle.  We jointly decided it was better to remove it and put a fence in.  Not only did we get rid of the hassle of cutting it, we regained several feet of garden each.


Posted: 01/09/2013 at 18:30

Thanks Heather, but what you see in the photo's is what we retained from the old planting.  We have just started planting up but that's a long(ish) term project.  The side borders are both about 100'; the 2 raised beds roughly 10' x 3 1/2' and a total of about 50' of trellis.


Posted: 01/09/2013 at 14:14

Yes we have some ideas for what and where but are deliberately taking our time about putting the ideas into action.  Better to act slowly and be happy with the result than to rush in headlong and then want to change it again later.

Ref the bamboo, it's in a bed just contained by 4"deep path edging boards.  There has been some limited 'escape' but nothing we can't control.  Not all bamboo is wildly invasive.  I can't remember the variety but its Phyllostachys.


Posted: 01/09/2013 at 14:10

They have to be killed humanely and I presume drowning wasn't considered to be humane.  There also seem to be elements in the RSPCA who are opposed to any kind of animal/pest control.

Large Canvas

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 13:47

Check out your local garden centres and nurseries.  They may be able to point you in the direction of students studying garden design on horticultural courses who would kill for the opportunity to put together designs for any garden, and particularly one of that size.  They have the added advantage that they probably won't charge at all or their fees will be low compared to established designers.


Posted: 31/08/2013 at 13:39

When I saw the heading "Weeds taking over leylandii" I thought you were bragging

Most sprays for general weeds, not brushwood killer or similar, will probably have little effect on leylandii.  Safer though to pull by hand until the leylandii get properly established.  Then you'll probably spend more time keeping the ******* leylandii under control than weeding.

I think my goldfish is dying

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 11:35

Conditions in a tiny pond like that will change very quickly, particularly in the hot & humid weather we have been experiencing lately. By the time you spotted the problem the one fish was probably already beyond saving despite the short term recovery. 

Your new pond will be much easier to manage, especially if you have a pump in it to help aeration in the summer months as it will have roughly 30 times the volume of water.  I'm not a great fan of filters and UV lamps as they encourage over stocking and the resultant problems if filter or lamp fail.


Posted: 31/08/2013 at 11:25


There is a big difference between urban foxes and grey squirrels.  Foxes are a native species but can certainly be a massive nuisance in some areas, whereas grey squirrels are officially classed as vermin and may not be released if captured.  They legally must be destroyed.

All furry, cuddly looking animals are not equal!

As for how to stop squirrels of any colour nicking the bird food, I suspect it will be an ongoing battle.  Anybody who saw the programme a few years ago with squirrels managing to defeat just about any obstacle put in front of them will realise it isn't going to be easy.

I do like the idea of greasing the pole

I think my goldfish is dying

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 21:44

What size is the existing pond?  It's much more difficult to keep a good balance in a small pond. Conditions in a small pond will change much more quickly than in a large one.

I think my goldfish is dying

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 20:05

It does sound as if it's struggling for oxygen.  Sudden changes in weather can create problems.  Spraying a hose onto the surface  may help raise the oxygen levels.

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